NAME OF ACTIVITY: Traffic Jam
EQUIPMENT: 9 marked areas on the floor or
9 carpet squares, etc.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cooperation, Critical
INSTRUCTIONS: Mark 9 squares using Chalk,
masking tape, shoe polish, carpet squares or whatever is available to create
the following pattern:
you do not need these numbered. I numbered them to explain the
To start, have one player on each of the squares
with arrows, and facing the direction that the arrow indicates. So,
each team is facing the unoccupied, middle square. The object of the
game is to legally move the players on the left side, to the
right; and the players on the right side, to the left. Following are
the rules that must be followed during this activity:
1. Players may not move backwards. nor turn
2. May not move around anyone facing the
same direction that you are facing.
3. May not move more than one person at a
4. A player must move to an unoccupied
space in front of them. (remember, no moving backwards)
5. You may move past a player facing
the opposite direction to get to the empty space behind him/her.
6. You may not move past more than 1 player
(remember, they must be facing the opposite direction).
HELPFUL HINTS: Personally, I use this as
a station with other cooperatives. If there is less than eight
players to a group, they put an inanimate object in the game to represent
When a group gets stuck (traffic jam) to where no
one can move, then team must start again.
Groups will start out very unorganized,
eventually a1 player will lead the team to the solution. I try to
stay out of the critical thinking process, unless I see that the team has
no cooperation or direction.
I'll try to describe the solution by using the numbers under the squares
above. You may want to try this on paper with pennies and dimes or
some other objects to represent the players. Keep in mind that the
player on the square described, can only move in one direction. The
arrows on the squares only show the direction of the player starting on
that square. After the game starts. players can only move the
direction they were facing at the beginning of the game.
square 6, square 7,
square 5, square 3, square 2,
square 4, square 6, square 8, square 9,
square 7, square 5, square 3, square 1,
square 2, square 4, square 6, square 8,
square 7, square 5. square 3,
Square 4, square 6,
Notice the pattern L side- 1 move , R
side-2 moves, L side-3 moves, R side 4 moves, L side 4 moves, R side 4
moves, L side 3 moves, R side 2 moves, L side 1 move.
& Lead Up/Tag